Innovation and SME Forum - Data-driven innovation in the agri-food industries

Wed 18 March 2015 to Thu 19 March 2015
Wageningen, Netherlands

The ELIXIR Innovation and SME Forum: 'Data-driven innovation in the agri-food industries' took place in Wageningen, Netherlands, on 18-19 March 2015.

Jointly organised by the ELIXIR-NL and the ELIXIR Hub, the event was attended by 80 participants including over 50 companies from large and small companies active in the plant sciences, food and livestock domains. The event:

  • Introduced delegates to some of the free tools, data resources and services that are available through ELIXIR;
  • Stimulated interaction between participants and support the long term innovation of the participating companies; and
  • Allowed for networking and exchange of ideas between companies and ELIXIR partners during a 'snakepit' discussion 

Photos from the event are available here

Presentations from the Innovation and SME forum:

Day 1

Richard Finkers, Wageningen UR
Welcome and purpose of meeting

Andrew Smith, ELIXIR Senior External Relations Officer
Introduction to ELIXIR

Ruben Kok, Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences (DTL) and Jaap Heringa (Deputy Head of Node ELIXIR-NL)
An overview of ELIXIR-NL and the Dutch Techcentre of Life Sciences

Jurgen Nijkamp, Bejo Seeds and VLPB and Addie Vereijken, Hendrix Genetics and Breed4Food
Virtual Lab for Plant Breeding and Breed4Food initiatives
Joint precompetitive research by 5 world leading commercial and public partners: A public-private partnership for animal breeding

Jakob de Vlieg, Bayer Crop Science
Computational Life Sciences: Future of R&D in the big data era

Timo Doeswijk, Keygene
High-throughput (digital) phenotyping

Paul Kersey, EMBL-EBI,
Ensembl Plants from research to application

Tech Track Sessions

Richard Finkers and Theo van Hintum, Wageningen UR
Interoperable Genetic Diversity 

Rick van de Zedde, EPPN, Wagenengen UR
Plant phenotyping 

Paul Kersey, EMBL-EBI and Wageningen UR
Outcomes of TransPLANT project 
Prioritization of candidate genes in plant breeding

Day 2

Luiz Olavo Bonino, ELIXIR Netherlands
Let’s be FAIR with data: Towards a data interoperability platform

Hadi Quesneville, INRA, France
URGI and ELIXIR France for plants and food

Frederik Coppens, VIB, Belgium
Applications of bioinformatics in plant research
Ron Wehrens, Wageningen UR
Tackling multi-omics data with statistics - towards biological solutions

Jan Geurts, Friesland Campina
Nutrition informatics - data challenges and opportunities in Friesland Campina  

Mark Forster, Syngenta
Open Innovation in the agri-food sector